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Current Exhibition

The Magical in Passing

The Ludwig Galerie Saarlouis presents an extensive exhibition of Herbert List's multifaceted work

Herbert List

Herbert List Plaster masks. Cyclades. Santorini, Greece. 1937. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List Kleopatra's house. Island of Delos. Cyclades, Greece. 1937.

A-GR-DES-0001 © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List "Spirit of Lycabettus XIII". Mount Lycabettus (Lykabettos). Athens, Greece. 1937. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List Classical head of a youth. National Museum. Athens, Greece. Circa 1938. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List Young man with laurel over the eyes. Athens, Greece. Circa 1936.

J-GR-LOR-0001A © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List Wrestling boys. At the Baltic Sea, Germany. 1933. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List "Water games I". North Sea, Germany. 1934. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List "Good friends". Liguria, Italy. 1936. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List "Wrestling boys II". At the Baltic Sea, Germany. 1933. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List The Tuileries gardens. Theseus and the Minotaur. Paris, France. 1936. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List "Young men under reed roof". Andalucia, Torremolinos. Spain. 1951. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List "Morning". Athens, Greece. 1936-1937. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List Herbert's long time friend from Germany,on the balcony. Liguria. Sibbi, Italy. 1936.

J-IT-LIG-002 © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List Pablo Picasso in his studio. Behind him is the painting "Chouette dans un intérieur".

7, rue des Grands Augustins. Paris, France. May, 1948. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List Italian actress, Anna Magnani, in her country house. San Felice Circeo, Italy. 1950. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List During the filming of De Sica’s “Giudizio Universale” in Naples, de Sica directing Greek

actress Melina Mercouri. Naples, Italy. 1961. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List 'Houses of lace'. Timmendorfer Strand near Hamburg, Germany. 1930. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List Piazza San Marco. Venice, Italy. 1939. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List Photograph taken from List's apartment window at 26 Ainmillerstrasse, using a telephoto lens. Munich, Germany. 1953. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List Spring Sunshine at the Glyptothek. Munich, Germany. 1950. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List Trastevere. Carnival. Rome, Italy. 1953. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List Mimmo Leonbruno, wedding singer. Naples, Italy. 1961.



M-IT-NAP-040 © Herbert List | Magnum Photos

The selection of 120 works presented in TheMagical in Passing sheds some light on the elusive oeuvre of the German photographer Herbert List, and explores why it is so difficult to categorize his work. He would work in almost every genre that photography has to offer: architecture, still life, street photography, portraiture, documentation and cataloging. Yet he also blurred the demarcation between those fields; architectural shots seem like composed still lifes or surreal compositions. Documentation of Greek sculptures or African artifacts borders on portraiture, and when capturing the classical beauty of the male physique, one does not quite know if we look at painstakingly composed arrangements or a private photo-diary, shot spontaneously from the hip.

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